Game 5 Preview : Let's The Good Times Roll

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (11-5) vs Los Angeles Kings (9-8) CHI leads 3-1 7pm - United Center - Chicago, IL TV: NBC Radio: 720 AM WGN/97.9 FM The Loop

Series Results/Schedule

Date Score W. Goal
Jun 12 '13
Jun 10 '13
Jun 08 '13
Jun 06 '13 CHI 3 at LAK 2 M. Hossa
Jun 04 '13 CHI 1 at LAK 3 S. Voynov
Jun 02 '13 LAK 2 at CHI 4 B. Bickell
Jun 01 '13 LAK 1 at CHI 2 M. Hossa

We all know what is on the line tonight. If the Blackhawks win, the Boston Bruins will be here on Wednesday night for the start of the Stanley Cup Final. If the Kings win, this series and their season gets extended for at least one more game. I am very confident that the Hawks will take care of business tonight on home ice. We all know the Kings are bad in road games. We all know that they are also banged up. We all know that Duncan Keith will be back for the Hawks tonight. We all know Corey Crawford has been just a bit better than Jonathan Quick in this series. All of these factors lead me to believe that this series ends tonight. There is no reason to give the defending Cup champs any kind of boost in their confidence. An LA win tonight lets them know that they can win in Chicago, The way Quick can steal games with his play, I want nothing to do with playing any more games that we don't have to. A couple of 1st period goals for the boys in red should work wonders on seeing the Campbell Bowl at center ice tonight,

Coach Q had Patrick Kane up on the top line with Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews during the morning skate today. The natural chemistry of DDN and playing with a big body like Bickell seemed to put the jump in the step of one number 88. Kings head coach Darry Sutter said Mike Richards is "50/50" for making his return to the lineup tonight. Normally I would advise someone who is nursing a concussion to not come back too early, especially with your team down 3-1. Back in 2011, I didn't think it was necessary for Dave Bolland to return from injury with the Hawks down 3-0 to the Canucks. We all saw the spark his return gave the Hawks, so maybe the same type of thing can happen for the Kings.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup:

Forwards

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg
Marcus Kruger - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 11-5, 1.72 GAA, .936 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 16 8 6 14 4 6 1 2
M. Hossa 16 7 7 14 7 2 3 2
B. Bickell 16 8 3 11 5 10 1 2
P. Kane 16 3 8 11 3 6 0 0
D. Keith 15 1 9 10 5 14 0 0

Probable Kings Lineup:

Forwards

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jarrett Stoll - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Brad Richardson

Defensive Pairings

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Goaltender

Jonathan Quick 9-8, 1.79 GAA, .938 save %, 3 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
S. Voynov 17 6 6 12 10 0 0 4
J. Carter 17 6 6 12 5 14 1 0
M. Richards 14 2 8 10 4 8 1 0
J. Williams 17 6 2 8 2 8 1 2
A. Kopitar 17 2 5 7 0 12 0 1

Team Playoff Stats

KINGS STAT HAWKS
17 GP 16
9 W 11
8 L 5
2 OT 1
0 P 0
0.529 P% 0.688
2 G/G 2.69
1.76 GA/G 1.88
16 PP% 14.3
87.3 PK% 96.4
24.9 S/G 32.3
28.9 SA/G 27.5
47.6 FO% 47.2

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